Boy Led Training #5 – Decisions Are Best Made at the Lowest Level

As the Patrol Leaders start understanding their responsibility to provide leadership and vision, they often will think that they must develop the vision on their own.  To the contrary, their responsibility is to facilitate the development of Vision by their team, the more they are able to do this, the stronger the bond with their team will be.  The Vision of the patrol should be developed by the patrol and then cultivated by the Patrol Leader so that planning can begin and goals can be set.  So here’s the training:

Few leaders have all of the answers.  You are probably no exception!  You need input from others – those you lead and the adult staff as well.  Don’t be resistant to getting their input.

When you set your Vision have the Patrol help you with the Goals.  Brainstorm and determine everything that will need to make the Vision a reality.  Guide your patrol by being clear on what you see the Vision looking like, and don’t be afraid to change your Vision to better fit your Patrol once you start talking with them.

You have a bunch of smart scouts in your Patrol and everyone should have a chance to participate in where setting goals.  When they help you figure out how to reach your Vision, it will become theirs as well.  When you set your Goals together, your Goals become their Goals.  As you plan and prepare for your goals, the scouts in your patrol will take on responsibility and your team will become stronger.

Here’s all of the lessons if you are interested: Training for Leaders